I made this platypus cake for a monotreme-mad friend's birthday. I used cardboard and cellotape stuck to a baking tray (which was subsequently ruined- I recommend putting baking paper down first!) to make essentially a giant cookie cutter in the shape of a platypus. Cooked two, made Victoria sponge filling and used pieces moulded out of ready to roll chocolate icing for the beak and feet. Note the poison spurs on the rear margin of the hind feet. Being a scientist, I enjoy attention to…
These gift soaps are very easy to make. I bought the soap base from a craft shop and used food colouring in varying amounts to create the different shades of purple. Food colouring is MUCH more economical than official soap dyes but be careful not to use too much as it may dye the skin!
I hand made the beads from air drying clay, which need to be left to dry out over 3 days. Make sure you leave them drying with the wire inserted as the clay shrinks slightly as it dries. I painted the dried beads with Revell acrylic paints and set the paint with paint fixer. The stirling silver hoop earrings were bought in bulk.
My sister is doing a Ph.D in chemistry so I made a novelty pair of earrings for her. I acquired two mini test tubes (from the genetics lab at uni) and put a small amount of paint in the bottom of each one to resemble a chemistry experiment. The stirling silver hoop earrings were bought in bulk and a craft drill was used to make the holes in the top of the test tubes.
I knitted this family of owls for my sister using a circular hoop with pins sticking up, and weaving the wool as in basket making. The ear feather tufts and wings were made on a smaller hoop. The eyes and beaks were cut out of felt and glued on. Each owl is stuffed with toy stuffing with a sachet of lavender in the centre, made from dried lavender sewn into a small scrap of material. They smell wonderful and are perfect for sock drawers.
Chocolate and vanilla Rudolph the reindeer cupcakes for Christmas. The original idea I found on the internet but I personalised it by using pretzles for the antlers and creating an albino (vanilla) Rudolph for my Dad who can't eat chocolate
My Dad is a huge plane enthusiast so I embroidered this Mustang on to a plain white handkerchief for him for Christmas. I designed the embroidery based on a photograph I had previously taken of a Mustang at RAF Hendon. He said he was "blown away".